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Party polarization in America : the war over two social contracts

Author: B Dan Wood; Soren Jordan
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book develops a general explanation for party polarization in America from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Prior polarization studies focused exclusively on the modern era, but this work traces party polarization from the constitutional convention of 1787 to the present. Using such a broad historical perspective shows that what was unusual in American history was the period of low polarization  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Wood, B. Dan.
Party polarization in America.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017005648
(OCoLC)984973588
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: B Dan Wood; Soren Jordan
ISBN: 9781108164450 1108164455
OCLC Number: 1003596721
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 371 pages)
Contents: Theoretical perspectives on party polarization in America --
Establishing the founders' social contract from the constitutional convention through George Washington --
The consequences of the founders' social contract from reconstruction to the Great Depression --
Forging the new deal social contract from the Great Depression through World War II --
The new deal social contract through the 1970s --
Polarization over the new deal social contract from the 1970s to present --
Are Americans ideologically polarized? --
Elite polarization and democratic representation --
Polarization as the norm of the American system.
Responsibility: B. Dan Wood, Texas A & M University ; with Soren Jordan, Auburn University.

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This book shows that party polarization in America is the norm, not the exception, and is rooted in class-based conflict characterizing all of American history.  Read more...

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